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Old 12th Dec 2013, 20:53   #1
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Hello again

Now that I've finished Project 180 I've started a new build which I'd like to share with you

The victim this time is a Dell XPS 720. An all aluminum case (3mm) and in my opinion one of the best looking cases ever. I've spend quite some time looking for a good undamaged one, and about half a year ago one was offered on a Dutch marketplace and after some emails and a drive to The Hague I picked up the case. The previous owner removed most of the hardware so it was just the case, perfect for my modding needs!







Some of the remaining hardware, the cpu heatsink and some ducting




It's a big case, Project 180 fits inside it, the radiator is a EK-XT360


Without plastic front


First thing I did was strip the case. Went quite fast because the case doesn't have an internal chassis, it's just the front and back panel that hold the whole case together. So it was a matter of drilling out some rivets to take apart the entire case


Because Dell made the case as a BTX the orientation of the I/O panel is upside down and has to be replaced. On the left the original backside and the front on the right


I've replaced the front and back by 3mm aluminum panels and attached those to the original brackets on the top and bottom






Up next, het openingmechanism on the sidepanels!

On the original case the left panel is fixed to the top and bottom and can't be opened. This is a problem because I want to be able to reach the backside of the mobotray, so it needs to be changed.
On the right panel there is a big metal bracket with the opening mechanism on it, this makes the panel click into the top and midplate of the case. Because I'm not going keep the midplate that part of the opening mechanism isn't needed and can be removed from the right panel and I can use it for the left panel. (On the picture this part is already removed)


The metalbracket was glued to the panel with some sort of ubertape, almost impossible to remove, but using a heatgun and a putty knive I got it removed


I've cut the bracket into 2 pieces, the lower one already has an alu strip that will be used as the handle to open the panel








That's it for now


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Old 12th Dec 2013, 21:36   #2
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Can't wait for the result!

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Old 12th Dec 2013, 21:47   #3
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I'll admit I'd never heard of that case, but it looks great. Curious to see what you're going to do with it.
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Old 18th Dec 2013, 21:48   #4
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On with the show!


The bracket was cut in two and I've glued back onto both sidepanels with epoxy


Glued an chairprofile (I suppose it's what you call it in English) to the bottom side of the left panel


The profile hooks on the original brackets on the bottom of the case


And now it looks like I'm back to where I started. The case looks stock again, except this one has sidepanels that both can be opened


Up next, the front of the case!

first I gutted the plastic front panel and removed all the unneeded parts


Then 8 pieces of U-profile (13x13mm od) where cut to size


The u-profiles were glued to a strip of alu with epoxy. There is a 6mm gap between each profile


Both ends of each profile filed to an angle, so the profiles fit perfectly in the front


And this is how the whole assembly looks in the front. 2 Smaller pieces of u-profile that fill the gaps will be added on both sides






To finish the front I got some 10x10mm plexi rod


The plexi fits perfectly in the u-profiles


The plexi will be frosted and have leds in the top and bottom, but how exactly is in the next update!

Thanks for watching!



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Old 18th Dec 2013, 22:01   #5
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Awesome. There were absolutely TONNES of these cases around codies when i worked there and always thought they were a perfect blank canvas for some modding. Glad you've taken one up as i've loved pretty much everything else you've done. Looking forward to this progressing.
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I'm liking where this going. I always loved the look of the older xps cases, so I'm excited to finally see one being modded!
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Old 21st Dec 2013, 00:47   #8
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good lord.. always impressive. so happy youre starting another build now that 180 is finished
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Old 21st Dec 2013, 11:31   #10
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Old 21st Dec 2013, 13:25   #11
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Love your previous mods so let's follow this one too! Love the idea for the front, curious how it'll work out.
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Looks like everyone's again seen the case and knows what it is except for me lol. Well, couldn't have hoped for a better modder to take it and start baking! Totally subbed!
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On with the show!

Continued on the front. Added 2 shorter pieces to the rest of the U-Profiles to complete the front. All profiles are filed to size (Which was a pain in the ass job, as the corners are round and at an angle.)







On the top the alu profiles fit align perfectly to the plastic front.


On the bottom there are some small gaps between the alu and plastic, but this won't be visible in the end. The plexi bars in the profiles are cut short, so there is room for the leds


Made a logo for the front of the case. The 2 small bars above and below the text will be the same color as the plastic edge they align with. Giving the front 2 'sections' again.




And I've cut the hole for the 3 radfans in the front (360 rad)






In the case without the front


And with front





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Awesome. There were absolutely TONNES of these cases around codies when i worked there and always thought they were a perfect blank canvas for some modding. Glad you've taken one up as i've loved pretty much everything else you've done. Looking forward to this progressing.
Agreed, i remember seeing then and liking the case and thinking it's a case with great potential, going to be watching this one, it's off to a great start.
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